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Castles in Medieval Society: Fortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages

Charles L. H. Coulson


This book overturns many of the traditional assumptions about the nature and purpose of castle-building in the middle ages. It demolishes the traditional belief that castles were overwhelmingly military in their function, showing how this was simply one aspect of a more complicated whole, and sets out to recreate the medieval understanding of castles as symbolically fortified places of all kinds. It places castles in the context of medieval culture and society, as ancient walled post-Roman towns and prestigious religious enclaves to transitory campaign forts. Going back to the original sources ... More

Keywords: castle-building, middle ages, castles, medieval society, England, France, fortresses, Ireland, military function, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles L. H. Coulson, author
Honorary Research Fellow School of History, University of Kent